Inviting steps from the dunes leading to the beach at Sunset Beach, North Carolina
Helpful bridges to cross the dunes and get to Sunset Beach, North Carolina
A lonely life ring at Sunset Beach ……
Shades of blue in the umbrellas and sky at Sunset Beach
Setting up early morning for a day at Sunset Beach, North Carolina
With many boats already in the water at the Intracoastal Waterway at Sunset Beach, North Carolina, this boat is still dry
A boat’s wake leaves designs in the Intracoastal Waterway in Sunset Beach, North Carolina
Docks are lined up along the Intracoastal Waterway in Sunset Beach., North Carolina
These homes on Sunset Beach, North Carolina are surrounded by water – Atlantic Ocean on the far side and the Intracoastal Waterway on the near side
Homes on the marsh side of the island beach at Sunset Beach, North Carolina
A marshy landscape around the Intracoastal Waterway in Sunset Beach, North Carolina
With the new Mannon C. Gore Bridge boats have enough room to spare going under the bridge compared to the previous swing bridge in Sunset Beach, North Carolina
A bench to enjoy the view of the Mannon C Gore Bridge and boats traversing the Intracoastal Waterway in Sunset Beach, North Carolina
A Little Blue Heron explores the boat ramp on Sunset Beach, North Carolina
A boat ramp under the Mannon C. Gore Bridge in Sunset Beach invites boaters to explore the Intracoastal Waterway
A swing ideally located to view on a cloudy day the Intracoastal Waterway at Sunset Beach, North Carolina
Sunset Beach, North Carolina is the last developed Atlantic Ocean beach before the South Carolina border. One-third of the town’s area occupies a barrier island between the ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway; the remainder of the town extends onto the mainland to the north.
Visitors to coastal North Carolina will most likely cross the Intracoastal Waterway during some portion of their expedition, and there’s a good chance that they’ll cross this massive water route multiple times. Extending all the way from the northern region of the country to the Gulf Coast, the waterway, which began as an essential trade route for shipping companies, is now more commonly used as a recreational trail for North Carolina sailors and boaters who want to explore the depth of the East Coast without straying too far from the Atlantic beaches.
A fisherman tries his luck under the Mannon C. Gore Bridge in Sunset Beach, North Carolina
The old pontoon swing bridge in Sunset Beach delayed travel by water. The newer bridge allows boats to freely pass underneath.
Named for the founder of Sunset Beach, the Mannon C. Gore Bridge is the only bridge that connects the main land to the island. This bridge replaced the pontoon swing bridge that was in place from 1958-2010.